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World's best racers getting started with eSports
In 2013, Miguel beat 900,000 people from around Europe to be crowned the best racer in video game Gran Turismo 6.Winning the tournament helped him secure a job racing real cars, and he says there is a...
Drone racing is worth $100,000 in upcoming championship
The Drone Racing League is keeping an eye out for "the greatest drone racer on earth," and they could be worth a lot of money, according to Drone Racing League CEO Nicholas Horbaczewski. The DRL Allianz...
20 Tesla P100Ds with slicks and wings? Meet Electric GT
reader comments 10 Share this story To race in Electric GT, the Model S has shed some weight and gained some aerodynamic appendages. Electric GT Electric GT's test car pounding out some development miles....
Consulting the engineers on what makes the Corvette C7.R such a good race car
reader comments 1 Share this story The #3 Corvette Racing C7.R at Watkins Glen in 2016. Elle Cayabyab Gitlin One of the two C7.Rs at rest in Corvette Racing's (inflatable) garage. Elle Cayabyab Gitlin...
The $50,000 racing simulator: Cheaper than crashing the real thing
reader comments 2 Share this story Ever wondered what more than $60,000 buys when it comes to simulators? Wonder no more. Jonathan Gitlin The cockpit of the Motion Pro II. Jonathan Gitlin A workstation...
Sim racing hits the big time with the $1 million Vegas eRace
reader comments 0 Share this story All 20 professional Formula E racing drivers and 10 of the world's best sim racers competed against each other in the Visa Vegas eRace. The prize for first place? $200,000....
US Grand Prix, through a novice’s eyes: Do these always feel like a parade?
reader comments 12 Share this story Championship leader Nico Rosberg took a second place in the race. Sam Machkovech A view of a video screen at the edge of one bleacher-seat viewpoint. No Texas event...
NBC’s Formula 1 broadcasts suck, and we have rough data to prove it
EnlargeGetty Images | Peter J Fox reader comments 3 Share this story My friends, we need to have a talk about Formula 1 in the US. And while I've been down on the quality of racing in F1 lately—as many...
Talking the good and bad of racing technology with Stefan Johansson
reader comments 2 Share this story From the Formula One paddock to IndyCar pit lane and the temples of international sports car racing, Stefan Johansson is one of the most successful and respected racing...
As Formula E’s third season kicks off, car companies rush to get involved
The Jaguar I-Type, the first factory racing program from Jaguar since the demise of its F1 program in the early 2000s. Jaguar Audi factory driver Lucas di Grassi will continue doing double duty in the...
Updated: 11 best racing games on PC to strap yourself into
IntroductionUpdate: Forza Horizon 3 has newly topped our list of the best racing games you can play on PC. Continue on to find out why!Few genres manage to unite people from all walks of life like a good...
Automotive ADD: Why Red Bull Global Rallycross might save motorsport
Nelson Piquet Jr takes me for a ride in his Global Rallycross Ford Fiesta. reader comments 2 Share this story WASHINGTON, DC—Red Bull Global Rallycross (GRC) paid its annual visit to the nation's capital...
Electric car startup Faraday Future partners with Dragon Racing for Formula E
Faraday Future released these images of what a Dragon Racing vehicle might possibly look like in the next series and beyond.Friday morning, officials from electric car startup Faraday Future and American...
Two of the world’s rarest hypercars compete in real life vs. sim battle
Comparing racing sims to real cars driving on real race tracks has been a thing for a while now. Way back in 2006, Jeremy Clarkson went head-to-head against himself at Laguna Seca in real life versus...
GT Sport: This is not the racing game you’ve been waiting for
As far as understanding developer Polyphony Digital's ambitions for Gran Turismo and its PlayStation 4 outing GT Sport goes, there's only one thing you need to know: players will be able to earn a digital...
From drone racers to pinball: Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 doesn’t disappoint
Cyrus Farivar This life-size automaton was a hit. Cyrus Farivar This life-size automaton was a hit. Cyrus Farivar Just in case you forgot where you are, this masking tape-made sign will tell you. Cyrus...
Entering the matrix: CJ Wilson Racing launches a virtual racing series
CJ Wilson Racing This is the real #35 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. CJ Wilson Racing This is the real #35 Cayman GT4 Clubsport. And this is its Forza simulacrum. They've done a pretty a good job. The #35 with...
Driveclub devs join Codemasters, following studio closure - CNET
Codemasters, the developer of the Dirt, Grid, and F1 series of racing games, has hired developers from Evolution Studios, the team behind PlayStation 4 racing sim, Driveclub.Writing on its blog, the publisher...
Driveclub developer Evolution moves to Codemasters
Codemasters has raced to the rescue of Evolution Studios, picking up the Driveclub after it was shut down by former owner SonyAs announced on its official blog, Codemasters will take control of Evolution...
Two-wheeled domination: Yamaha’s YZF-R1 MotoAmerica racing bike
2015 MotoAmerica Superbike champion Cameron Beaubier testing at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.Brian J. NelsonIt's not just car manufacturers that take their products racing—motorbike makers...
Welcome to the driverless future of motorsport - Roadshow
Enlarge ImageWill Roborace's security team be called Robocops? Roborace Pesky humans, always causing trouble. For years, we've been trying to design the sleekest racecars possible, but that big bag of...
Meet the Robocar, an autonomous racing car
Roborace Meet Robocar. It makes F-Zero and Speed Racer seem tame. But couldn't they have come up with a better name? Roborace Meet Robocar. It makes F-Zero and Speed Racer seem tame. But couldn't they...
This car is the future of autonomous racing
This is the world's first autonomous racing car. RoboRace is a planned driverless series that will see 10 teams compete to develop the best artificially intelligent controlled car. The vehicles will race...
You can now find IBM Watson in Formula One racing pits
IBM and Honda have inked a deal for IBM Watson technology and analytics to be used in the automaker's Formula One (F1) cars and pits to improve performance and racing decisions in real-time.Announced...
McLaren takes the Sport Series racing with 570S GT4
Formula One might still be top of the world motorsport tree, but GT racing is fast emerging as a battleground for incredible winged Lamborghinis, Ferraris, McLarens and Audis. The latest supercar to be...
Tesla Model S gets its own racing series: The Electric GT World Series
The world's first zero-emissions GT (road-car-based) racing championships will begin in 2017, and every single car on the grid will be a Tesla Model S P85+. The new championships, called the Electric...
Advanced simulator lets you race like a pro without the expense
Unless you can afford the expense of a racing school or track day, getting close to the experience of riding in a F1 or GT race car is near impossible. Fortunately, the average race fan can now have something...
VW GTI TCR is one boss touring car - Roadshow
Enlarge ImageNow, if only VW would offer these fenders on the road-going GTI... Volkswagen Has your racing team been on the lookout for a new touring car? Do you appreciate boy-racer good looks and a big...
Driverless Racing Car Hits 120mph On Track
Zooming around a racetrack at speeds of up to 120mph, this car handles tight turns and twisty chicanes - all without a driver. The autonomous vehicle has been developed by researchers at Stanford University,...
Ford ramps up the Raptor for off-road Racing
Ford's Raptor is about as off-road ready as trucks come, but not even the toughest pickups can necessarily cut it when it comes time to race. Luckily for any buyers with Baja-based aspirations, there's...
First-person drone racing is much harder than I expected
Sebastian Anthony The protagonist of this story: me. Note how I am almost as tall as the room—not ideal for flying finicky drones. Sebastian Anthony The protagonist of this story: me. Note how I am almost...
Watch Drones Race At 70mph Inside NFL Stadium
Hurtling at speeds of up to 70mph inside the Miami Dolphins' stadium, racing drones battle it out for supremacy. They duck and dive to make it through glowing green squares which mark out the race route,...
Much more than Mario Kart: The history of kart racers
Adventures in home brewing Homebrewing cider, part 3: The final taste, regrets, and reader advice View all… No video game genre divides and unifies us like the kart racer. For every Mario Kart there are...
Team develops technique for detection of illicit enhancement of racing tire performance
A new study from the Forensic and Investigative Sciences Program of the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis explores the illicit treatment of racing tires with volatile...
Digging into the data: How to make a faster race car driver
The #3 CJ Wilson Racing Mazda MX-5 leads its sister car through one of the Circuit of the Americas' brightly painted turns.Sideline Sports PhotographyWhen it comes to natural talent, racing a car is a...
Aussie gamer is motorsport’s next big thing
From postie to racing in once of the fastest motorsport categories in the world. AUSTRALIA’S international GT Academy winner Matt Simmons has scored himself a seat in Nissan’s GT-R NISMO GT3 car in the...
Roborace eschews human drivers in its all-new autonomous racing series - CNET
Enlarge ImageImagine this picture without a driver, or space in the car for a driver. That's Roborace in a nutshell. Adam Warner/Formula E First, autonomous driving came for our commutes. Now, thanks to...
Robotic race car series will support Formula E next year
Further ReadingRacing goes electric: At the track with Formula E, the first e-racing seriesArs checks out the new all-electric racing car series on its first visit to the US.Autonomous cars are not entirely...
First-person view drone racing is taking off
â¨This is the fast-growing sport of first-person view (FPV) racing, which combines nimbleÂ quadcopters, cameras and video goggles to give pilots aÂ drone's-eye view.By: James Temperton, Continu...
The postie who now drives Bathurst winning car
Less than six months ago, he had never even raced a car. JUST 5 months ago, Nissan GT Academy winner Matthew Simmons was an Australia Post courier and PlayStation gamer. Fast forward to now and he’s testing...
Link between champion horses and offspring careers revealed
Dr. Natasha Hamilton and a horse. Credit: University of Sydney If a foal has race-winning parents it is more likely to have a champion career, research into complex traits shows. The research, which was...
A look at the tech that fuels professional air racing (pictures)
The Red Bull Air Race takes the thrill of professional racing to new heights. CNET gets up close with the racing planes in the air and on course during a stop at the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth...
gallery: 5 racing games that nailed realistic driving physics – and 3 that didn't
Sim or game?In the early 1980s Japanese gaming powerhouse Namco was riding high following the huge success of Pac-Man, but the company didn't stop innovating there. In 1982 it released Pole Position to...
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